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 Archibald Percival “Archie” McKishnie

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Archibald Percival “Archie” McKishnie

  • Birth 20 Jun 1876 Ontario, Canada
  • Death 11 Jul 1946 Ontario, Canada
  • Burial Raleigh, Chatham-Kent Municipality, Ontario, Canada
  • Memorial ID 45845454

Archibald (Archie) Percival MCKISHNIE was born and raised on a farm near New Scotland, Kent County, Ontario, Canada about three kilometres from Rondeau Provincial Park.

McKishnie was well educated for a rural lad in the late nineteenth century and became fascinated with nature and with writing stories and poetry.

He primarily wrote novels about nature and the outdoors and published a series of books from about 1907 to 1924. His most celebrated stories included: Gaff Linkum, A Son of Courage, Openway and Love of the Wild.

Local colour is predominant in McKishnie's writing. The setting for many of his novels was the marsh and forest areas surrounding Rondeau Bay. His fictitious conceits were thinly disguised references to real life particularly geography, often changing a letter in a name: "Bridgetown" represented the actual Kent County town Ridgetown, for example. There are many references in some of his books to Rondeau.

The protagonists of his novels -- usually with overly crowded plots -- were often young with an affinity for nature, animals and wild places. Their struggles often pitted them against encroaching 'civilization' that threatened their retreats and values.

His sister was Jean Blewett, a Canadian nature poet. [see separate memorial]


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  • Created by: Daryl Smith
  • Added: 27 Dec 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 45845454
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Archibald Percival “Archie” McKishnie (20 Jun 1876–11 Jul 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 45845454, citing Craford Cemetery, Raleigh, Chatham-Kent Municipality, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Daryl Smith (contributor 46932538) .